smoke through walls

< milieu

woman smoker, commercial from the 1920s, collection Gerd Pretzel, ca. 470×360 cm
exhibition view:  wall text and artist portraits
exhibition view: woman smoker (collection Gerd Pretzel), the milieu (Irène Mélix)
exhibition view: three women smokers (collection Gerd Pretzel),waves on walls
Irène Mélix, artist. Foto: Theresa Schnell, digital photopraphy
Theresa Schnell, artist. Foto: Irène Mélix, digital photography

What we call milieu is not at all a stable room. It is a breeding ground, without a concrete limitation between the inner and the outer space. The walls of this room are porous in both directions. The milieu creates no exterior space, out of current ratios. Still it has the potential to the other, probably subversive or new. The existence of the milieu provides the possibility to treat the common ratios instead of forgetting them as unalterable. Smoke has the quality to spread. For the cultivation of the milieu, people, ideas and utopia are needed. Relevance can only be produced by the involved people.

Smoke through walls is an exhibition and research project by team2 (Irène Mélix, Theresa Schnell). 2017 the eponymous publication was released.